A rain-free morning, so I thought I should get those Arbor Day dogwood trees into the ground. I do love dogwoods, and while I have gotten some sprouts from Arbor Day in the past, none have taken hold. But I do keep trying. So, into my gardening outfit and out I went into the almost sunshine. First, I discovered that I had hostas planted where I had chosen to put the trees. So I had to move the hostas, but there were lots of weeds where I wanted to move the hostas, so I had to do a bunch of weeding. Weeding just takes me from one weed to the next and eventually I discovered that I am getting slightly damp. So back to the hostas and get them into the ground. I discover that it is not simply rain that is dampening me, but hail. Speed counts now, as I run to finish the hostas. So then I needed food and a warm cat, and in I go. Later I remembered that I had forgotten to plant the trees. Spring will still be here tomorrow.
hail, snow, rain, hail, rain,
winds carrying fallen leaves
make way for the new.
blue and purple hyacinths
against green leaf buds.
Rain falls and winds blow.
Wet fallen leaves form whirlwinds,
drying in the sun.
All over the floor. It must be March. Things like this happen in March. Something to do with March Hares, I think. Or the Ides. Something like that. But, beans are all over the floor. Maybe I will leave them there until April when the Fool arrives. I can talk the Fool into cleaning up the beans. Or maybe I should wait until May, when the Flowers arrive? The Fool can pick up the beans and mulch the Flowers.
All will be well, in June. Except for the bugs.
Now some of you might think this post will be about how to break the ice at a party or conference where people don’t really know each other and conversations are sometimes a bit difficult to start. I think people actually make lots of money teaching corporate and other folks how to do this and thereby earn a lot more money for whatever. But no, this is about actual ice breaking of the kind that ships in the Arctic Ocean do to open up the shipping lanes. Just on a slightly smaller scale.
Where I live, we have been having a sort of difficult winter, with days of really cold and snow followed by rain, followed by more days of really cold. This means that driveways and roadways end up with a whole lot of ice when the snow melt freezes. It is bad enough that Mother does this to us, but on top of that, we have City crews that plow the snow and ice and whatever to the sides of the streets and into driveways and things like that. This helpful City thing then has filled up the sides of the streets at the curbs that in “normal” weather would carry water down the streets to the drains and then off to the river or wherever water goes in your area. This means that the water cannot flow down the street to the drains but instead puddles up into lakes at the ends of driveways. These lakes then freeze in the overnight, and whoa! ice skating is available for free.
So, because I am environmentally sound of mind, I will toss out e-safe ice melt to help solve the problem, but I really don’t trust the stuff and besides, the ice in my driveway is REALLY thick. So, as I did today, while it was raining and before tonight’s freeze, I was out chopping and tossing ice blocks around to keep them from re-melting and then re-freezing in what seems at times like right now to be a never-ending cycle (yes, I do know that Summer is actually the longest season, but I would say that is an example of time not passing as it should). I also got my big broom out and tried to move my lake out into the street, but alas, back it came until I built a small berm across the driveway (that may come back to haunt me tomorrow morning when it is time to go to my local).
So, I just thought you might like to know what I have been up to lately. Ice breaking. And cookie-munching. Oh, and I watched Elizabethtown again last night–one of my favorite movies. That’s all, folks.
Outside, cold and snow.
Looking for sun tomorrow.